Getting down to the bare bones of butchering
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under the erotic massage table what the city isnâ€™t doing about unlicensed parlours
D n!@ + Ben Frost = Denialex 7
artist collaboration makes waves
(see page 8)
craft beer through your mail slot
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WASTE NOT, WANT NOT What foul scourge finds itself on the floor of our already dirty streetscape? Litter: the waste we callously drop from our palms as we walk or discard from the windows of our automobiles, only to let it lay on the pavement or cover a storm drain. Aside from the obvious environmental concerns we should all have of such non-considerations, litter is likely the most preventable eyesore. In 2008, the city literally mounted a campaign against litter with bold slogans attached to municipal garbage cans. Slogans like “DON’T WASTE WINDSOR” and “LITTER BLOWS” could be seen across the city. Whether the campaign worked or not is anyone’s guess. Certainly the cans overflowed during the 2009 CUPE strike, but now it’s nearly six years later and the very cans meant to be the detriment of the déchets are now themselves an eyesore. The signs have faded, the white text is almost unreadable and the once vibrant red is nearly gone. Even the cans themselves have become dirty and worn with time. Covered in graffiti, they silently scream to be repaired. Yet year after year they sit, sometimes on their side, becoming more and more decrepit. Over the years, Wyandotte Town Centre has had new stylized cans installed. That’s all well and good but the majority of the old campaign cans otherwise known as “Ricky Receptacle” are in our city centre. Anyone that ventures downtown on a Sunday morning can see the debris that floats along the Ouellette Avenue strip. If the old campaign worked, it’s time for another one, and if it didn’t, then the old one at least needs to be retired.
THE XX FACTOR; WHERE ARE THE WOMEN IN THE LOCAL MUSIC SCENE? Like many fellow Windsorites, I take a great deal of pride in our music scene. The amount of creative talent, support and variety that this community offers is impressive, especially for a modestly sized city. However, one significant issue which I seldom hear mentioned is the scarcity of female musicians within the Windsor music scene. Relatable figures play an important role in inspiring growth across all art forms, and this instance is no exception. While the institutional music community has a relatively even gender distribution, the more underground set noticeably lacks this diversity. A recognizable few are making admirable attempts to fill the gap. Crissi Cochrane is one encouraging example of local talent, who is receiving a myriad of media attention, winning awards and playing sold out shows. She’s not alone, either. Chelsey Danfield, Sam Breault of Emerald Seas and Tara Watts are all prime depictions of Windsor women making their mark in a community consisting primarily of men. That said, it’s perplexing to me that a demographic constituting over half the city’s population could be so pitifully under-represented musically. This discrepancy was particularly apparent during last year’s installments of popular music festivals, such as Phog Phest and Summer Symposium. Both lineups were male dominated, with female performers in the single digits, more due to lack of female applicants than the fault of the promoters or organizers themselves. So, what can be done to remedy this blemish on our otherwise thriving music scene? I don’t have the answer. But I do believe that opening up dialogue on the issue is a step in the right direction.
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Fantasy Playhouse Massage remains open after two licence rejections jay verspeelt An unlicensed downtown massage parlour is giving the city the rub, again. The Urbanite reported in December that body rub parlour Fantasy Playhouse Massage was offering a variety of services past the legal baseline. Almost three months into the new year, the establishment has remained open amid vocal opposition by residents, businesses and a denial from the city’s licensing committee. On Jan. 23, the city’s licensing committee unanimously voted to reject owner Mary Ferrar’s application for body rub parlour licences for Fantasy Playhouse Massage, located at 555 Pelissier St. and 1671 Howard Ave. She had been rejected previously for licences in September 2013. “In this case the building report came back and there were issues under the building inspection that they didn’t comply,” said Michael Chantler, supervisor of licensing for the City of Windsor. “[They] were given an opportunity to comply with and they didn’t. Therefore we couldn’t recommend that we issue a licence.” Ferrar was not present when the licence application was denied. A month has passed since the rejection and the business continues to operate. The open sign is turned on, the door is open and an attendant waits dutifully inside. The business advertised a two-for-one Valentine’s Day special posted to the Windsor section of Backpage.com, an online classified website. Chantler said if the business continues to operate without a licence that it’s up to bylaw enforcement to take the next step.
An employee at Fantasy Playhouse Massage » Still from hidden camera footage
“What we will be doing at bylaw enforcement is periodic reviews to see if we can gather evidence to prove that they are carrying on a business,” said Ann Kalinowski, manager of bylaw enforcement. “If we do find evidence to suggest they’re carrying on [as] a body rub parlour we will move forward with laying a charge.”
Kalinowski said the open sign being on and an open door “doesn’t really suggest that it’s a body rub parlour that’s operating.” She cited they may be having meetings and not servicing customers. Dushanka Sommerville is the owner of the health spa Lucky Beans, which is a licensed body rub parlour. She attended the licensing meeting in which Ferrar’s application was denied and has been vocal about the operation of Fantasy Playhouse. Sommerville said that a woman came to apply at her shop and confided that employees at Ferrar’s establishments “... are dirty, they walk in g-strings, topless and nude in the place. They have sex with no condom to make extra money and (Fantasy Playhouse employee) Gabby sniffs cocaine right there on the table, right there in front of everyone.” “She asked me [when looking for a job], ‘What kind of massage can I do?’ I said, ‘Good massage.’ She said, ‘I can’t even do hand jobs?’ I said, ‘Have you read the bylaw?’” said Sommerville. William McKay, a licensed masseur, doesn’t think the city is doing enough to stop Ferrar’s operations. “[The city] told me point blank [they] know what she’s doing. ‘We know exactly what she’s up to but we really can’t do anything,’” said McKay. Both Somerville and McKay believe the public is being put at risk by the business being allowed to operate and question if the employees are being checked for sexually transmitted infections. [Editors Note]: The Urbanite visited the location at 555 Pelissier St. and was told Ferrar was out of the building. An employee provided a cell number to contact Ferrar which was soon discovered to be out-ofservice. The attendant at the establishment was not topless.
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Beer exchange changes from change to Bitcoin jon lieDtKe Nobody likes having to pay for beer, least of all with hard earned money. But one local establishment is shaking things up by accepting Bitcoin, an online cryptocurrency, as one way to pay for a cold pint of brew. The Windsor Beer Exchange offers an almost exclusive craft beer selection and an internal stock market which affects beer prices depending on demand. Just when patrons are getting used to the unique marketplace concept, the bar is starting to accept Bitcoins as payment. “It’s a digital currency,” said AJ Vanden Berghe of Bitworks, who is setting up the system for the Windsor Beer Exchange with his business partner Colin McMahon. “It’s a system that’s built to make payments on the Internet easier [since] credit cards, fiat currency, everything we use today, it wasn’t built for the internet, it was built for an older system.” At the time of printing, there are approximately 12 million Bitcoins in circulation worldwide with each Bitcoin valued at $609. The total valuation of the cryptocurrency globally equals roughly $7.5 billion. Bitworks has raised $30,000 in investments in a one-month period and provides two services to customers: setting up the ability for businesses to both accept and mine— to labour for— Bitcoins. Bitcoin transactions are encrypted to protect them from hacking, and are facilitated through a verification process which relies on volunteers to hook their computers up to the Bitcoin network to verify each financial transaction. “All the computer is doing is verifying all the other millions of transactions that are happening throughout the system,” said McMahon. “If I send Bitcoins to you, all the other people that are mining for Bitcoins, what those mining computers are doing is verifying that transaction.” McMahon has paid both his personal Enwin Utility and Union Gas bills with Bitcoins through a third party exchange. “You can pay all your bills throughout Canada,
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anything that you can pay through a Canadian bank, any bill that you can pay online, you can pay with Bitcoin now.” “Bitcoin is the intersection between finance and technology, which are the two things which people understand the least and frighten people the most,” said Vanden Berghe, who acknowledged there is currently vast concern about the security of digital currency. However, according to McMahon, the only fraud which has occurred in relation to Bitcoin has been tradition theft, which all currency is susceptible to. “People have hacked into websites that store cryptocurrency. There has not been any negative impact on [Bitcoin] itself … it hasn’t been able to be hacked.” In fact, Bitcoins themselves cannot be hacked according to Vanden Berghe because the transaction process itself requires constant verification. Bar owners can benefit from Bitcoins in multiple ways: accepting Bitcoins helps to promote and differentiate the business, mining Bitcoins helps generate revenue and Bitcoin transactions cost less to process than Interact or other digital payment methods. “The percentage bar owners pay for Interac debit and credit is more than Bitcoin,” said Vanden Berghe. “The cost per transaction for Bitcoin is ridiculously less.” Josh Olsen, co-owner of The Windsor Beer Exchange, explained he was excited to implement Bitcoin transactions as he hopes that it’ll help generate additional interest in his bar. “It’s something new,” said Olsen. “To me honestly, I only care about the publicity from it. I only know as much about Bitcoin as I learned [at this interview]. It’s something to do, get our name out there more…” When asked whether or not his audience would be receptive to Bitcoin, Olsen conceded he had no set expectation. “I don’t know … but I think you put the option out there.”
Much has improved since the dawn of third wave feminism in the 1990s, but there is still a lot of backlash and fear involved in seeking transformation. There have been many positive changes women can be thankful for on this International Women’s Day. But Sarah Morris, host of CJAM 99.1 FM’s feminist talk show Milk & Vodka, thinks there is still much work to be done. “Women remain unequal in Canada and throughout the world. Across the board, women are still paid less than men,” said Morris. “The majority of sexual assaults and abuse happen to women.” Morris is highlighting International Women’s Day at CJAM with special programming all day on March 8. The 24-hour marathon will be dedicated to women’s music and issues presented by female-identifying DJs. Anne Forrest, head of the women’s studies department at the University of Windsor, said young women are interested in the [feminist] movement, but acknowledges it’s not for everyone. She thinks many fear the backlash that comes with getting involved in social rights issues. “The commitment of wanting to be seen and heard is at the root of a young woman’s willingness to take a stand,” said Forrest. However, when the conversation becomes, “Why are there not enough women involved in this?” the answer usually comes with a do-it-yourself ethic. That’s exactly what Morris thought when she started the monthly Riot Grrrl Tuesdays event at Phog Lounge in 2012. “It’s a monthly event that gives women artists and thinkers an opportunity to meet, hang out and create art,” said Morris. “One of our first events was a Planned Parenthood fundraiser, which raised about $700,” said added. The group has also held zine nights, clothing swaps, music events and poetry readings. Amy Gleeson, a Riot Grrrl Tuesday partic-
ipant, thinks the event is a positive space. “It creates a community for women to come together and do something positive, educate themselves and make friends,” said Gleeson. Forrest believes there are many injustices that deserve attention, but sometimes that can lead to a collective depression. “We tended to teach about the problems,” said Forrest, recalling when the women’s studies program was founded in 1996. “The point is to see the efforts and act on one’s beliefs.” Morris believes creating opportunities for women is a good way to be a part of the solution. She said events like this throughout the year and on International Women’s Day “help to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of women while giving a platform to speak about the issues that continue to face women today.” She is currently investigating the possibilities of having a self-defense class in the future geared towards women. “I think it’s good [strategy] to have a part of a toolkit that women need,” said Morris. Many feminists today like Morris believe feminism is attached to a negative stigma. “Unfortunately it has a negative connotation, I think a lot of people believe in the tenets of feminism but don’t understand or associate with the title of feminist,” said Morris. However, she believes it’s an exciting time for feminism because of the global dialogue happening, especially online. Forrest believes it’s getting better despite the negative stereotypes. “No one is saying this is an easy road, but we do see a lot of women willing to at least think about it.” Riot Grrrl Tuesdays takes place at Phog Lounge the last Tuesday evening of the month.
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Jamie Waldron butchers a hog at a recent butchering demo at Rino’s Kitchen and Ale House in midtown Windsor » Photo Dax Melmer
Jamie Waldron’s anatomy of a main course Jenn McMullan Tearing apart the process and the product is the blueprint for Jamie Waldron’s butcher demonstrations. “It’s an educational thing to try and demystify the whole process and empower people with more knowledge,” said Waldron, owner of J. Waldron Quality Local Meats. The Harrow native recently relocated his company to Ancaster, Ont. but continues to offer a meat share program, as well as butcher classes and demonstrations in the Hamilton and Windsor areas. “I want people to have a better understanding of where the meat comes from and how it gets to their plate. I think that’s an important step that get’s left out.” Waldron will bring his latest butcher demonstration to Rino’s Kitchen and Ale House on March 2.
The demonstration will accompany a four-course meal featuring Berkshire pork prepared by chef Rino Bortolin. Berkshire pork, known by the Japanese as Kurobuta pork, is a delicacy in Japan for it’s rich and tender flavour due to the high fat content. The Berkshire pork is raised locally by Harold Wagner at Wagner Farms Estate Winery and Orchard, which helps promote 100 per cent Essex County meats. “Essex County just so happens to be very fortunate that there are quality beef producers, quality lamb producers and quality pork producers,” said Waldron. According to Waldron, considering the abundance of high quality food, it’s mind boggling why people wouldn’t support the local food movement in Essex. Marketing and communications director of the Grown Right Here, Look For Local
Campaign, Lana Drouillard, said supporting food production in the area is a no brainer. “It just makes good sense to support our producers, processors and farmers that are right here in our region,” said Drouillard. “The economic spinoff is obviously beneficial to our region, it stimulates economic growth. We’ve basically got a Garden of Eden here in terms of fresh local products.” Promoting local not only stimulates the community, but helps to decrease the amount of waste caused by big corporations, said Waldron. A study done by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in January 2013 reported that 50 per cent of food produced worldwidoesn’t get consumed. “This is a sad reality that we live in, that
half the world’s population goes hungry, but we throw out half the world’s food production,” Waldron said. “It only strengthens my reserve to push forward with my message, which is let’s not waste food.” Part of what Waldron intends to do for his butcher demonstration is to teach people how to use the entire animal rather than just small cuts. “When I break down a whole animal I know that I’m seaming out muscles that people may not have heard of, it goes back to why I do these classes,” said Waldron. There’s so much more to this carcass than what you’ve been led to believe.” Berkshire Pork Butcher Demo takes place March 2 at 1 p.m. at Rino’s Kitchen and Ale House, 131 Elliott St. RSVP to reserve your seat. Tickets are $55 for the demonstration and a four-course meal.
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Craft beer-of-the month-club puts beer in your mailbox natasha marar Ontario craft beer enthusiasts searching for unique brews not featured on LCBO shelves need only take a couple of steps to their mailbox. Ottawa-based Savvy Company, which specializes in promoting wine, beer and food events, is expanding its flagship Savvy Selections, an Ontario wine-of-the-month club, to include a beer counterpart called Savvy Hip Hops. Savvy Hip Hops is the first and only Ontario craft beer-of-the-month club. Launched this month, the club offers craft beer enthusiasts, and those wanting to know more about this growing industry, a chance to have Ontario craft beers delivered to their home or office each month. Debbie Trenholm, Savvy Company president, said the goal of Savvy Hip Hops is to help people discover Ontario craft beer. “I’ve met a lot of people who have a loyalty to one or two brands, and there’s just a
whole world of other craft beers out there.” “We wanted to create an opportunity where people could enjoy beers they couldn’t necessarily get at the LCBO,” said Trenholm. “There are some [beer-ofthe-month clubs] for imported beer from Europe but none locally. It felt like a no brainer to me.” Last year, Ontario Craft Brewers estimated there are around 150 craft breweries in Canada, with 53 in Ontario. Trenholm said Ontario has grown to over 60 craft breweries. This year alone, Windsor-Essex is expanding its selection of craft beers from Walkerville Brewery and the nanobrewery at Motor Burger to new microbreweries, nano-breweries and brew pubs. “Since I’ve started the business here in Ottawa (in 2003), Beau’s was the only one considered a craft brewer in the area and now there’s over eight. It’s growing with really interesting people behind the scenes,” said Trenholm.
Savvy Company commissions a “brew crew”— people knowledgeable of the craft beer industry— to work with a featured brewmaster to create the monthly Savvy Hip Hop Taste Case. The Taste Case costs $60-$80 per month, depending on the amount and variety of beers and the brewery being featured. An additional flat fee— under $15, according to Trenholm— is added for shipping regardless of brewery location or final destination in the province. Each shipment will also come with Beer Backstory, a magazine that includes brewmaster and brewery owner interviews, beer facts, recipes and suggested food pairings. Breweries featured in the coming months include Beau’s All Natural Brewing (Vankleek Hill), Beyond the Pale Brewing (Ottawa), Niagara Oast House Brewers (Niagara-on-the-Lake), Kichesippi Beer (Ottawa), Big Rig Brewery (Ottawa), Barley Days Brewery (Prince Edward Coun-
ty), Perth Brewery (Perth) and Covered Bridge Brewing (Stittsville). Three-, six- and 12-month beer club subscriptions are available featuring all sizes and types of beer: ales, lagers, pilsners, ambers and stouts, according to Trenholm. Beyond the packaged monthly offerings, subscribers can request more bottles of craft beers from the featured brewery as well as branded merchandise. Trenholm said she’s received a great response from consumers— 70 subscribers so far— and breweries. “We have every month [this year] pencilled in. There are just a few [breweries] that we’re waiting to hear back from. [Breweries] are clamouring to sign up for it,” she said. “I knew there was going to be market demand but I didn’t know it was going to be of this magnitude.”
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Fresh ideas for busy fresh food fanciers natasha Marar The milkman isn’t making deliveries these days, but for busy people, fresh, healthy food is still making its way to homes directly. Carrots n’ Dates, Thyme to Go and Bites for Babies are three Windsor businesses providing quick, pre-made meal options for pickup and delivery. For theses local entrepreneurs, there’s no need to make yourself or your family suffer with the same tired, unhealthy fast food.
» Photos Jay Verspeelt and courtesy Lisa Codina
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Healthy eating is a lifelong approach for Lisa Codina. After the birth of her second child, Codina’s husband encouraged her to start blogging about the food she was making their family. She founded Bites for Babies, bitesforbabies.com, and last June started offering monthly meal plan options for local pickup.
Carrots n’ Dates owner Neviana Nedeltcheva started cooking healthier food seven years ago after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, but her passion for cooking started at home as a child. Now, the mother of two, has traded in her career in graphic design and photography for an apron.
Just down the road from Carrots n’ Dates is Thyme ToGo, which opened its doors two years ago.
Busy parents can purchase meals and snacks from a rotating menu on her website. The process is simple: purchase specific sized containers and mason jars from the website, get them filled with food and return for refills. The website also offers recipes and a listing of nutrition classes. “Obviously, with the name Bites for Babies people assume it’s baby food ... but it’s for everyone basically in the family. … a lot of the recipes are adult food and it’s just modified for baby.” Some of the adult-sounding meals Codina offers are chickpea tomato spinach stew and maple pumpkin piespiced oats. “I don’t have anything against it (store bought baby food), but I never personally bought store bought baby food. Everyone has this notion that baby food has to be mushy, it has to be pureed and bland and whatnot. I want to get away from that.” After a four-month hiatus to Italy— where she prepped recipes for her first cookbook, Baby Bites— Codina is back home in the kitchen. Codina released Baby Bites, an e-book collection of recipes and tips, this month. The book is separated into months based on a child’s age and the food choices that are suitable. Codina is hoping to keep the Bites for Babies consistent, but manageable while she juggles working full-time as a teacher. People around her are “planting the seeds” for her to develop Bites for Babies into a larger business. She’s considered doing a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a storefront. “I kind of wish I don’t have a full-time job so I can go all in and see what happens … I’ll take it day-byday.”
Carrots n’ Dates started as a home based business in 2012 specializing in gluten free and 100 per cent plant based food made with fresh ingredients. The food was made available for pick up at the business or at the Downtown Windsor Farmer’s Market last summer. In December 2013, Nedeltcheva opened a storefront and café in Walkerville, where she prepares food made from scratch with no processed salts, refined sugars, dairy, eggs or preservatives. “We are a very niche market. We are strictly 100 per cent vegan and 100 per cent gluten free,” she said, adding that she avoids using GMO products such as wheat, corn, refined sugar and most soy in her cuisine. “All of our clients are very health conscious,” added Nedeltcheva. “They either have some type of trouble with digestion or disease and they come to eat here because they find it safe and comforting.” Carrots n’ Dates lists a monthly menu for soups and stores online, but the offerings change frequently at the café. “We only cook with what’s available to us. If it’s done we go onto the next item. Our menu can change all the time.” Nedeltcheva added, “A lot of people don’t have time to cook, especially when they don’t have time they opt to pick up food that’s not the right choice. We’re trying to broach that so they can come and pick up something that’s healthier and more nutritious for their family.”
Using a fresh food fast approach, Red Seal certified chef and restaurateur Julie Meyers offers fresh and frozen ready-made meals for pickup or delivery, monthly meal plans and event catering. Meyers taps into local suppliers, purchasing produce from farmers’ markets, grass fed beef from Jason Hicks Farm in Harrow, honey from Cottam and flour from Tecumseh. “A lot of prepared meals out there are the deep fried crap … it’s always a spin on fast food because we do fresh food that’s on the quicker side. You don’t have to prepare it yourself.” Thyme To-Go has a variety of customers from families to single people and those with specific diet needs, but Meyers maintained, “We’re not necessarily 100 per cent anything, so if you want something more comforting we also provide that. It’s just done in the same way you’d do it at home (not processed).” Meyers sees her business and other similar concepts providing education around healthy, quick food choices. She is also planning on running cooking classes in the future. “I think people want to eat this way … people want to eat fresh food, sometimes they can’t afford it or make poor choices at other places.”
Kingsville taps into the brewpub trend
Doug Sinclair and Trevor Loop bring house taps to Kingsville » Photo Jon Liedtke jon liedtke The craft beer movement is in full swing locally with numerous microbreweries, nano-breweries and brewpubs set to expand or open this year. The trend is continuing with the announcement that Jack’s Gastropub in Kingsville will be offering their own house brews. Trevor Loop, co-owner of Jack’s Gastropub, and Doug Sinclair, a partner in the craft beer expansion, explained that following a decision to sell almost exclusively Essex County wines and Ontario craft beers, the duo decided to venture into brewing their own beer. “We’ve been really tying into the local craft beer market as well too,” said Loop, referring to the decision to sell local wines. “The beer movement seemed to be something that naturally followed suit ... our whole objective is to stick with craft beers as well.” With the LCBO stocking more Ontario and Quebec craft beers at various locations, local bars have been able to access a wider variety of craft beer than ever before as breweries are regularly driving down Highway 401 to deliver stock. “As the LCBOs have become more receptive to a lot of these crafts, the ones three to four hours away, when they’re sending vehicles to deliver to the LCBOs they’ve now started to pick up accounts in the community which has opened the door for us,” said Loop. “When we first started this three years ago it was really tough to get beer further past … London.” Sinclair said he craft beer operation would take cues from the wine industry
and provide a story that people can feel, touch, enjoy and “get the whole experience.” Jack’s Gastropub will see two house taps installed in the coming weeks. The restaurant has obtained a brewpub endorsement on their liquor licence and is awaiting a federal manufacturing permit. “We’re going to initially start off with two house taps, and because it’s a brewpub endorsement we’re restricted to just seling by glass within the licensed area,” said Loop. “We won’t be a microbrewery but we’ll be a brewpub.” Sinclair explained that a small batch concept for brewing will allow for them to offer unique beers and not to get pigeonholed into a set style. “It’s a small batch concept, so if we have a beer that people love we’ll make sure that we have that available, but we also want to be able to come out with things that people don’t know about, and continue the growth [and] education … introduce new fun things to people,” said Sinclair, who owns a farm with his father that will be used to grow local inputs for the beer. Sinclair’s farm has a chestnut orchard, an experimental hop yard, grows raspberries, blueberries, herbs and is making a foray into malts. “Our focus is going to be similar to what our menu focus is,” said Loop. “We’re not out to produce the perfect pilsner ... we want to be creative with it and have fun with it and produce unique, interesting beers that taste great.”
ARTS Growing momentum
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Momentum Film and Video Collective expands workshop series
Momentum Film and Video Collective launches a series of professional development workshops » Photo courtesy Momentum Film and Video Collective walter Petrychian The next Wes Anderson or Katheryn Bigelow could be living in Windsor without even knowing it yet. A new local collective is aiming to provide the materials and skills to aspiring filmmakers in the Windsor/Detroit area. The Momentum Film and Video Collective came together in the fall of 2013, and with the initial assistance of experimental film festival Media City, the collective has grown into an independent organization. “The Momentum Film and Video Collective supports the creation and exhibition of artist’s film, video and digital media in Windsor and region,” said Andrea Slavik, one of the founders of the collective. “We will provide affordable access to film [and] video equipment, expertise, workshops, as well as screening and networking opportunities.”
The group intends to hold a series of events in the future— following a successful, free 16mm film workshop hosted earlier this month— geared toward anyone in the area who may be interested in learning the basics of film and digital production. “We are launching a series of professional development workshops that will take place over the next several months. These will range from beginner, intermediate and advanced courses that explore both theory and practice in video production, video mapping, Super 8 film, 16mm film, as well as other topics like grant writing and applying to film and video festivals,” said Slavik. The Momentum Film and Video Collective embodies a community atmosphere where members help each other in achieving personal creative goals and share production materials.
Jeremy Rigbsy, program director at Media City, explained that collectives require a certain atmosphere to flourish. “A producing collective is needed not only for owning and sharing material resources but also for creating a community of people who can support each other’s work and direct their own goals and determine their own needs according to the specific situation in Windsor Detroit,” said Rigbsy. The success of the initial Momentum Film and Video Collective workshops proved to organizers that Windsor has a number of people who are interested in the services that the collective will continue to provide. “In the workshops and events we’ve held so far, we’ve seen a real cross-section,” said Rigbsy. “People from both sides of the border, some experienced film and media artists and, most encouragingly, we’ve seen a lot of younger people coming in as com-
plete beginners but with great ideas and a real desire to learn and create.” Will Humphrey, a current intern at Momentum Film and Video Collective, believes the the organization has an important role in creating a film culture in Windsor and Detroit. “Windsor and Detroit are two cities trying to recreate their identity through media arts and culture. Momentum aims to enable the production of films and digital art to the public,” said Humphrey. “Our border area would benefit greatly from the publicly accessible resources that Momentum can provide.” To find out more information about Momentum Film and Video Collective, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Getting over a breakup with Denialex
Dan Bombardier and Ben Frost join forces with new art series
jay verspeelt Walking along Pelissier Street downtown, one has likely passed by Printhouse, the print shop and graphic design studio of artist Dan Bombardier, aka D3N!@L. Further exploration downtown (and throughout the city more broadly) reveals Bombardier’s multi-artist Free 4 All Walls street art project which has been under way since summer 2013. Bombardier, who has made connections in many circles around the globe, is now helping heavyweight Australian artist Ben Frost get over his girlfriend, one print at a time. After Frost’s recent breakup with his girlfriend, he and Bombardier started kicking around project ideas, leading them to collaborate on a series of prints under the moniker Denialex. “We have very similar mentalities so collaborating comes quite naturally. Mostly the ideas just arrive through conversations about our individual ideas of the world,” said Bombardier. The work they’re putting together is classic pop with the look of back alley rattle can stencil work. The first collaboration, “Denialex-PM,” has a similar motif to their most recent Denialex piece, “This Isn’t Happening,” which is a statement on unrequited love. It features faux medicine bottle packaging and a stencil of a crying woman that has been part of Frost’s previous work. A limited run of “This Isn’t Happening” prints— 30 screen printed and 30 giclée printed— were available for purchase on Frost’s website, stupidkrap.com, for $120 and $70, respectively. The 381 mm x 510 mm prints have already sold out, but a new series will be available in the coming months.
The pair are working on new artwork for sale and display, including at an upcoming art show in Chicago. Both artists traveled recently to Australia to “get up to some mischief,” according to Frost, who is currently based in Montreal. “We spent a few weeks in Sydney ... then we spent a week up in Queensland. We did a commissioned mural together in a restaurant in Rozelle, in Sydney and a lot of stuff on the street. I mostly introduced Dan to my street art friends across Australia and let him loose to destroy [and] edit the walls of my fine country.” The two travel back and forth across the country to put their artwork together. “Ben comes here and I go to Montreal when we are working together. We occasionally share files [online],” said Bombardier. This summer, 10 Denialex masterworks will be available for purchase in galleries in North America, the United Kingdom and Australia. Frost said Bombardier and himself are trying to take pretension out of their artwork because the art world already takes itself too seriously. “Street art is so much fun, and [so is] the community that is involved with it. I wouldn’t swap that for anything. I started out in university studying fine art doing installation, video and performance, but I dropped that after a few years when I realized there was a bigger party happening in the alleyways behind the galleries,” said Frost.
Denialex-PM was the first in the Denialex series
» courtesy Dan Bombardier
SAM ROBERTS BAND LO-FANTASY PAPER BAG RECORDS
Recorded in Spain and touched by British producer Martin Glover, aka Youth (Beth Orton, The Verve), Lo-Fantasy is the result of years of collaboration and overseas travels for Sam Roberts Band.
Diane Motel’s debut show happens March 14 at Phog Lounge » Photo Adam D’Andrea
Diane Motel checks in aDaM D’anDrea Windsor’s newest alt-country band will be breaking into the music scene next month, armed with harmonies, dynamics and some serious musical chops.
“I always thought it would make a great album cover. When I suggested that, we were like, ‘That would actually make a good band name.’”
Diane Motel is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Travis Reitsma, bassist Eric Welton, drummer Caleb Farrugia, vocalist Jordan Meloche and multi-instrumentalist Josh Fraser. They play their first show March 14 at Phog Lounge.
It’s no secret Diane Motel’s members are already fairly active in Windsor’s music scene. Farrugia, Welton and Fraser have all been in prominent local bands, and Reitsma and Meloche have both performed as solo artists. Although it’s fairly common for previously established musicians to form bands together in Windsor, both Welton and Farrugia said this should not discourage new musicians from getting involved in the music scene.
Formed in August 2013, the band started as a way for Reitsma to perform his solo acoustic material with other musicians. “I was originally looking for a band to accompany my solo stuff and then decided that I wanted a collaborative effort,” said Reitsma. Drawing on inspiration from Windsor and Essex County, Reitsma said he generally writes “hyper-local” lyrics. In the instance of their song “Okemah,” the lyrics became localized by chance. “It’s about a struggling agricultural community, basically. Okemah is where Woody Guthrie was born in Oklahoma, but when I was writing it I was kind of drawing on Essex County,” said Reitsma. “Two months after I wrote the song the Leamington Heinz Plant closed and it suddenly became a whole lot more meaningful.” The desire of Diane Motel’s members to use local content for inspiration is perhaps best reflected in their name, taken from a 50-year-old establishment on Tecumseh Road. “I drive by that sign every day,” said Welton.
“I’ve been very active in the music scene now for 10 years and I haven’t really seen anyone new in awhile,” said Farrugia. “When I do see someone new or a new band, I try to be one of the first people to welcome them and help them if they need anything with a show.” “Hopefully people that are just entering the scene are encouraged by people doing different things,” said Welton. “You might see us in one band one week and another band the next, but hopefully that’s an encouragement for the younger kids who are intimidated by the scene.” Diane Motel will play their debut show alongside local folk band Black Barn and Toronto’s Barzin, who was recently featured in Rolling Stone and will have his new album streamed on The New York Times website next month. The show is open to those 19+ and will have a $10 cover, with doors set to open at 9 p.m.
Youth is better known as a musician, producer and remixer of dub, trance, house and funk music, so the collaboration with indie-rockers Sam Roberts Band is unique. It’s obvious the band has strapped on their dancing shoes and taken a cue from Youth on Lo-Fantasy. Lo-Fantasy is comprised of 12 songs (one issued on vinyl-only). Released this month, this is the fifth studio album from Sam Roberts and the second for the five-piece Sam Roberts Band. Although the six-time Juno award winning band has enjoyed a wide following at home, the dance vibe infused in this album may be what they need to reach audiences outside of our borders. The album opens with the upbeat “Shapeshifters,” which evokes memories of the rock-dance blends prominent on Arcade Fire’s latest album. The radiofriendly “Human Heat,” exudes energy and depth of songwriting. Roberts commented in a Paste article the term refers to “that rise in temperature we all feel when we’re pressed together like sardines on a crowded street.” Lo-Fantasy features plenty of singalongs and guitar-driven melodies for which the band are known. The latter half of the album introduces reggae-ish beats and softer chants. “Angola” and the slightly ripped-off sounds of “Shapeshifters” stand out as most enjoyable. I’m more of a fan of Sam Roberts’ earlier melodic, folk-rock albums. Lo-Fantasy is over-produced, but it’s nice to see the band introduce new elements to their music.
CARLETON STONE DRAWS BLOOD GROUNDSWELL MUSIC
Looks can be deceiving. Be it books or albums, covers are not to be carelessly cast off or condemned to obscurity. Carleton Stone’s Draws Blood has one of those awful made-in-LA looking album covers. It’s more akin to the likes of James Blunt than a Canadian counterpart, but the music isn’t that bad. It’s the sound of a mid-career Rolling Stones or an early Bruce Springsteen. There’s some synth-piano, horns and the feeling of depth and heart; you can feel it, especially when almost every song is a ballad. There is also the feeling that it could also be a lot better, because while it’s not bad, it’s not necessarily good either. Still, listening to it feels like it could have been in the soundtrack to the OC in that it’s sorely sentimental. It’s hard to tell whether Draws Blood is manipulative or honest. But, the musicianship is there and songs are tight and catchy. It’s very easy to see 15-year-old girls freaking out over the Nova Scotian native. If you’re into listening to the radio, you’ll probably like this record. It’s easy to stand in right or left field and judge, but there are nuances at play. It’s not a record to hate but it is hard to love. It’s pretty middle of the road generic singer-songwriter fodder. This album goes best with a distraction and good temperament. — JAY VERSPEELT
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Border City Music Project natasha Marar Border City Music Project, a conversation about the state of our modern culture, premieres at The Capitol Theatre on Thursday, March 13 at 6 p.m. » Stills courtesy Iron Street Studio
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Known for producing commercials and shooting photos rather than films, Windsorite Jon Gillies is digging into the region’s musical past to explore cultural exchanges in his first feature-length documentary. In development since 2012, Border City Music Project uses interviews and historical narratives about Windsor and Detroit’s musical history to document how culture is valued and influenced by changes in media monopolization and new technologies. BCMP premieres at The Capitol Theatre March 13 at 6 p.m. The film will be followed by a Q & A session and live music by famed musicians Mark Farner and Dick Wagner, Gillies and Dusty D’annuzio. “Really, the film is a discussion about the state of our modern culture and the fact that culture is not just art on a wall or music in your speakers, it’s how we make decisions and how we value things, how we move forward and how we look at what we’ve done,” said Gillies, who wrote, filmed and edited BCMP. Formerly working in local radio and as a professional musician, Gillies said that the inspiration for part of the movie was “a lot of different experiences.” “Just growing up in the 70s and 80s in this area … this was the centre of the universe at one point. If you take significant eras of what we measure as some of our great culture, a ton of it came from here,” he said. “The analysis in the film is substantiated by our area
explores cultural change uses Windsor/Detroit scene as launchpad (Windsor/Detroit). It’s backed up by growing up here because we juxtapose our past with our current,” he added. Gillies worked on the project with longtime friend and local musician Dusty D’annunzio, who assisted with interviews and direction. “Dusty was the moneyball. He knew everything there was about the area, he had a lot of information to input … he’s a sharp cat and a sweet soul. His compassion, knowledge and expertise in music is genius.” The film was shot in LA, Windsor, Detroit, Boston and New York, and features commentary from notable and some local musicians such as Mark Farner (Formerly of Grand Funk Railroad), comedian Marc Maron, Dick Wagner (associated with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Kiss), John Sinclair (MC5), Philip Anselmo (Pantera, Down), Richie Hawtin (Plasticman), Gordie Johnson and Kelly Hoppe (Big Sugar) and Jeff Burrows and Stewart Chatwood (The Tea Party). Gillies said a “really well-worded” e-mail to cultural academic Noam Chomsky landed him a response in 15 minutes. Gillies went to MIT in Boston to interview Chomsky, who is featured in the film. Gillies will be showing the film in other Canadian cities in a mix of cinema and small club viewings. He is also co-ordinating showings in Detroit, Chicago, New York and Boston. He plans on shopping the film to 83 festivals, and is working with a distri-
bution representative in New York to have the film listed on Netflix. A large concern for Gillies that features prominently in the BCMP is how Windsor and Detroit’s economic declines in recent years has had cultural effects. “If we have enough intellect, and I think that we do, and we have enough possibility, and I think that we do, as we struggle for reinvention in this town and in Detroit, it’s to me more and more evident that there really isn’t reinvention yet,” remarked Gillies. “I feel as if people are living their lives now, as if this preconceived notion of the American dream that we invented here … [is] operational still, when we damn well know that it’s not. We’re in the trenches …” The filmmaker still retains hope for the region and said recent tourism efforts to market Windsor-Essex as a “so called quiet giant” is “very inspirational.” “The main thing about the national portrayal of Windsor is that I think we’ve had a story. I think that sets it up for more than being just a factory town. But what Windsor does with that in a world that is completely built against them, I don’t know,” he said. “If you walk out of [the movie] and you’re not thinking, that’s on you.”
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THE URBANITE » URBANITENEWS.COM » FEB. 26 2014 » 14
»Anger Issues Q:
I’m 21 and still a virgin. I also have depression. I’m not badlooking. I work out and generally keep people laughing. I got a lot of female attention in school, but I was hopeless and still am. Most of my friends have girlfriends, so I don’t understand why I haven’t had a girlfriend since I was 10. I feel myself becoming increasingly violent, to the extent that I have tried to provoke a fight that wasn’t necessary and I try to intimidate other guys when I’m out. I’ve been unemployed for three years since dropping out of college, and I haven’t really met a girl I was interested in since school. I’ve never made the first move with girls. I never feel compelled to, regardless of how attractive I find them. I do get a lot of eye contact from girls, and I’ve been approached by girls, but we barely ever get past exchanging names before they wander off or their friends pull them away. Writing this out has made me realize I should start approaching girls, but I don’t think it’s just that. Surely I should’ve met someone by now? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Hopeless Over Painful Experience
Women typically expect the guy to do the approaching/asking out/hitting on, HOPE, so that’s definitely something you’ll have to work on. And if a woman is making eye contact with you in a space where it’s generally understood that people are open to meeting new people, flirting with them, and potentially fucking them (house parties, bars, clubs, CPAC), eye contact is an invita-
tion to introduce yourself. But if women are approaching you and then “wandering off ” after conversing with you for a moment or two—or being rescued by their friends—then you’re doing something wrong. I’m guessing you came across as angry and potentially violent because you are angry and potentially violent, and you’ve made a self-defeating decision to cultivate an intimidating vibe. That shit repels people, HOPE, and you’re never going to get anywhere with women—or employers, for that matter—if you give yourself over to anger, violence, and menace. Bearing this in mind might take the edge off your anger: Fully 15 percent of 21-year-old men are virgins, HOPE, while only 5 percent of 25-year-old men are virgins. So you have a better than 66 percent chance of losing your virginity in the next few years if you can stop (1) wallowing in self-pity and (2) giving yourself over to anger. My advice: Get your ass to a doctor and a therapist. Medication can help with the depression, and a good therapist can help you overcome your anger, self-pity, and violent fantasies. Getting help, HOPE, is the best way to increase your odds of getting laid and/or getting a girlfriend.
I’m a 25-year-old bi girl in the Southwest, and I’ve been with the same hetero guy for almost three years. I miss being with women. We made an attempt at being monogamish, but feelings were hurt and we went back to monogamy. He still parties like he’s in college and is a bit dependent
on me—socially—whereas I crave independence and, quite frankly, pussy. I’ve started to withdraw and resent him, not just for the lack of sexual freedom but also because he drinks too much and acts like a slob. I want to move out when our lease ends. I’m willing to work on our issues, but I fear that when I have this conversation, it will break his heart and he will break up with me as a defensive approach, rather than seeing the breathing room as a way to work on our relationship. How can I express my need for other sexual partners and more space without sounding like I’m calling off the relationship? Is it even worth attempting dating, post–living together? Insert Quirky Acronym Here
Here’s what you should say to your boyfriend: “You’ve got some growing up to do, and I’ve got some eating pussy to do. I don’t want to end our relationship, but I’m moving out when our lease is up.” If your boyfriend breaks up with you, IQAH, it’s probably for the best—and it may not be forever. If he does dump you for purely defensive reasons, then he didn’t really want to dump you at all, right? So once the shock wears off and his anger subsides, your boyfriend may decide that having you in his life is more important than having you all to himself.
I am a heterosexual male. I was dating this girl for six months. We weren’t living together, but there were two toothbrushes at my place. We weren’t living together,
but there were tampons and birth control pills in my medicine cabinet. We weren’t living together, but there was yogurt in my fridge. You get the picture. Anyway, things were going well until she told me about a friend-of-a-friend who was building a website for a local “swingers club.” I didn’t get outraged, and this outraged her. A four-hour discussion followed, during which I held my “good for them” ground, and at the end of it, I no longer had yogurt, tampons, and birth control pills at my place—and I no longer had a girlfriend. All I did was not get outraged, and it cost me a girlfriend. Does this seem a little extreme? Am I crazy? Her Ex Looks Perplexed
No, HELP, you’re not crazy. You’re lucky. Send that friend-of-afriend a thank-you note. Because if he weren’t building a website for a swingers club, HELP, you might still have tampons, yogurt, and scented soaps in your apartment—along with the crazy, controlling, insecure nutjob who came with ’em.
During my last relationship, I finally got to explore the kinkier side of my libido. My partner and I went to pro doms and sex clubs, and I got to watch my buddy fuck her. While the relationship was ill-fated, sex was not the problem. One year and some heartache later, I’m ready to date. But I don’t want a vanilla sexual relationship again. My problem is, I don’t know how to integrate this into my dating life. People ask to set me up, and I keep turning them down
’cause I feel like I don’t want to get involved with someone unless I know that we’re sexually compatible. And yet, I feel some internal angst about using Fetlife or similar sites for dating, as if somehow I’m making sex paramount. Nervously Avoiding Intriguing Vanilla Entanglements
Sexual compatibility is hugely important, NAIVE, and prioritizing it doesn’t make you a bad person. But the choice you’ve laid out for yourself—dating only kinksters you meet on Fetlife or nice girls your friends set you up with—is a false one. Date both. You’ll have to establish emotional compatibility with a woman you meet via Fetlife, or sexual compatibility with a woman you meet via real life. Fetlife or real life, there’s some work to do at the start of any new relationship. And don’t assume that a woman you meet through friends is gonna be vanilla. She met you through friends, and you’re not vanilla, right? It’s a bad idea to give someone a laundry list of your kinks on the first date, NAIVE, as no one—kinky or vanilla—finds that kind of emotional cluelessness attractive. Just say this when the conversation turns to sex: “I’m pretty sexually adventurous.” There’s a good chance you’ll get a “me, too” in response. On the Lovecast, Dan finally enlists advice from an actual ethicist at savagelovecast.com.
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COMING UP WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26
Windsor Express vs. Ottawa Skyhawks WFCU Centre | 7 p.m.
Zine Night w/ Rosina Riccardo Civic Space | 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
The Unlikely Candidates w/ The Vagabonds & After the Tide The Shelter (Detroit) | 7 p.m.
Inside the Burden Olde Walkerville Theatre | 7 p.m. | $10
Dream Catcher Cosmos Lounge at Caesars Windsor | 7:30 p.m.
A Hip Hop Story The Shelter (Detroit) | 7 p.m. | $10
George Lopez The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor | 9 p.m.
Caveman with Roadkill Ghost Choir The Majestic (Detroit) | 8 p.m. | $10 ADV/$12 ATG
Toldo Pops: Violinista! The Capitol Theatre | 8 p.m.
Undesirable People w/ Reverend & Hamshire Garden Bowl (Detroit) | 10 p.m.
Chelsey Danfield Taloola Cafe | 8 p.m.-9 p.m.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27
Much Too Much w/ Heaters, Retro Specs & The Landmarks The Magic Stick (Detroit) | 8 p.m. | $5
Future Commons: Planning Our Sustainable Communities Walkerville Brewery | 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
DJ Double A w/ DJ Neoteric Phog Lounge | 9 p.m. Keith Bergman Comedy Quarry | 9 p.m. | $12
Simplified Bookkeeping Workshop WindsorEssex Small Business Centre | Fire and Neon, Takers & Leavers 12p.m.-1p.m. Villains Beastro | 10 p.m. Hannibal Buress St. Andrew’s Hall (Detroit) | 7 p.m. | $27.50
SATURDAY, MARCH 1 Windsor Home & Garden Show Tecumseh Mall | 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | $10
Life Drawing Sho Art, Spirit & Performance | 7 p.m. | $15 EPIC Wine Country presents March Mac’ness Windsor Spitfires vs. Barrie Colts Participating Wineries in Harrow | 12 WFCU Centre | 7:05 p.m. | $14-$21 p.m.-5 p.m. The Vaudvillian 2 and Mike McGrath Dominion House | 8 p.m. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Annual Scholarship Awards and Exhibition Detroit Artist Market (Detroit) | 11 p.m.-6 p.m. Distinguished Speaker Luncheon w/ MPP Teresa Piruzza Giovanni Caboto Club | 11:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. | $35 & $45 Windsor Home & Garden Show Tecumseh Mall | 12 p.m.-9 p.m. | $10 Stilt Guys: Next Stilt Talent Search Auditions WFCU Centre | 6 p.m.
Drinks of Walkerville Walking Tour Canadian Club Brand Heritage Center | 2 p.m. Yours Truly, Cities & Years, Not Without A Fight, East Highland & Meet Me In Manhattan The Shelter (Detroit) | 6 p.m. | $5 Hedley WFCU Centre | 7p.m. Mr. Chill & Greg Cox Knox Presbyterian Church | 7 p.m. | $12 One Night with Elvis Olde Walkerville Theatre | 7 p.m. | $30 Here Come The Mummies The Fillmore (Detroit) | 7:30 p.m. | $20-$30
Annual Scholarship Awards and Exhibition Detroit Artist Market (Detroit) | 6 p.m.- Toldo Pops: Violinista! 10 p.m. The Capitol Theatre | 8 p.m.
Book Launch: A Violent Embrace:Art Keith Bergman and Aesthetics After Representation Comedy Quarry | 8 & 10:30 p.m. | Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit $12 (Detroit) | 6 p.m.-8 p.m. David Dubois Friday Evenings After Work Party w/ Taloola Cafe | 8 p.m.-9 p.m. Michael McGrath Rino’s Kitchen & Ale House | 7 p.m.
THE URBANITE » URBANITENEWS.COM » FEB. 26 2014 » 15 SUNDAY, MARCH 2 Windsor Home & Garden Show Tecumseh Mall | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | $10 Berkshire Pork Butcher Demo w/ Jamie Waldron Rino’s Kitchen & Ale House | 1 p.m. | $55 Toldo Pops: Violinista! The Capitol Theatre | 2:30 p.m. The Big sLow Down - VOL II Phog Lounge | 6 p.m. | $12 & $17 Bizzare The Shelter (Detroit) | 7p.m. | $10 Stanley Clarke The Majestic (Detroit) | 7p.m. | $38 ADV/$40 ATG TUESDAY MARCH 4 O’Brother w/ Narco Debut & Arrows The Shelter (Detroit) | 6:30 p.m. | $10
Wilderness Of Manitoba w/ Tara Watts & Kayla Dunn Phog Lounge | 10 p.m. SATURDAY, MARCH 8 Disney Live Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show WFCU Centre | 11 a.m. Fifth Annual Comic Jam w/ Ben Snakepit Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit | 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Young The Giant: Mind Over Matter Tour w/ Vance Joy The Fillmore (Detroit) | 8 p.m. Josh Fraser Taloola Cafe | 8 p.m.-9 p.m. Andrew Schultz Comedy Quarry | 8 & 10:30 p.m. | $12
WEEKLY MONDAYS Open Mic Surgery w/ James O-L Phog Lounge | doors 9 p.m. TUESDAYS Open Stage Night w/ Year’s of Ernest Dominion House | 5 p.m. V.O.M.I.T. (Vocal Original Music Instrumental Talent) Villains Beastro Open Mic w/ Jamie Reaume The Manchester Pub WEDNESDAYS Wacky Wexican Wednesdays w/ Dee Russ Dominion House | 5 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5
Blood, Sweat & Tears w/ Bo Bice The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor | 9 p.m.
Bob Weir & RatDog The Fillmore (Detroit) | 6p.m.
Sleepy Suns w/ The Jet Rodriguez The Shelter (Detroit) | 10 p.m. | $10
THURSDAY, MARCH 6
SUNDAY, MARCH 9
The 10th Annual Green 17 Tour w/ Flogging Molly The Fillmore (Detroit) | 7 p.m.
Windsor Spitfires vs. SSM Greyhounds WFCU Centre | 2:05p.m. | $14-$21
Animals As Leaders w/ After The Burial, Navene-K & Chon St. Andrews Hall (Detroit) | 7 p.m. | $18
The Come Up - Nate Eaken and Midwest Rico The Shelter (Detroit) | 7p.m. | $10
Celtic Night w/ Mark Crampsie Dominion House | 5 p.m.
MONDAY, MARCH 10
Funk Junkies The Manchester Pub | 10 p.m.
Windsor Spitfires vs. Saginaw Spirit WFCU Centre 7:05 p.m. | $14-$21 S.M.U.T. (Sisters Mixing Ultimate Tunes) Villains Beastro | 10 p.m. FRIDAY, MARCH 7
Led Zepplin 2 St. Andrews Hall (Detroit) | 8p.m. | $12
The Groove Trio FM Lounge | 8 p.m. Vice Aerial Phog Lounge | 10 p.m. THURSDAYS
Watershed Narratives Project Launch Open Mic w/ Anderson Civic Space | 9 p.m.-10 p.m. FM Lounge | 10 p.m. Middle Class Rut w/ Dinosaur PileUp, Brick & Mortar The Shelter (Detroit) | 6:30 p.m. | $8.90-$14
The Victorian Celebration of Death Spring Open House University of Windsor | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Windsor Public Library | 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Disney Live Mickey’s Rockin’ Road TUESDAY, MARCH 11 Show WFCU Centre | 3 p.m. ROTTING OUT, No Bragging Rights, Friday Evenings After Work Party w/ The Beautiful Ones, Heart To Heart & Orthodox Colton Young The Shelter (Detroit) | 6 p.m. | $12 Rino’s Kitchen & Ale House | 7p.m. Christien Gagnier & Herman Curry Taloola Cafe | 8 p.m.-9 p.m.
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Stone’s Throw w/ Peanut Butter Wolf, J Rocc, Jonwayne & Knxledge Magic Stick (Detroit) | 8 p.m. | $15
Conversation: Works by Vaughn Beneteau Pop Hair Gallery | 7 p.m.-10 p.m. until March 29
Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang w/ Reformed Whores The Majestic (Detroit) | 8 p.m. | $23 ADV/$25 ATG
Border Cultures: Part Two (work, labour) Art Gallery of Windsor, until April 13
Andrew Schultz Comedy Quarry | 9 p.m. | $12
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